NORTHERN SPAIN CULTURE & CUISINE
Discover the Spanish Basque country and Catalonia on this culinary adventure where you will experience authentic food, taste the local vermouth and explore the iconic city sites. Your journey starts in Barcelona and continues to the charming city of San Sebastián, where you will experience the local history, gastronomy and culture.
Continue to Bilbao, one of the greatest treasures of the Basque Country and a paradise for foodies. Here you’ll find Michelin-star eateries, buzzing pintxo bars, locally run restaurants lining the Plaza Nueva and glimmering food halls of the Mercado de la Ribera.
Barcelona - San Sebastián - Bilbao - Rioja
* Roundtrip airfare
• Plaza Premium airport lounge pass
• Barcelona: two nights 5-star hotel accommodation
• Vermouth wine tasting
• San Sebastián: two nights 4-star hotel accommodation
• Sightseeing food and walking tour
• Bilbao: three nights 5-star hotel accommodation
• Spanish cuisine cooking class, wine tasting and tapas at Ysios winery
• Seven breakfasts, two lunches, seven dinners
• Private motor coach transportation
• Local English-speaking tour guide
• Merit Travel tour host**
• All taxes and gratuities
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DAY 1 | Oct. 17, 2020 | Toronto/Vancouver - Barcelona
Board your overnight flight to Barcelona.
DAY 2 | Oct. 18, 2020 | Barcelona (D)
Upon arrival at the airport, meet your local representative and discover the best of Barcelona on this city tour. Enjoy seeing Barcelona landmarks such as La Sagrada Familia, the medieval Gothic Quarter, and the colourful Las Ramblas comfortably aboard your coach with live commentary from your local tour manager.
Arrive at hotel and check in. Enjoy a welcome dinner at Brasserie Flo with one alcoholic beverage included.
Accommodation at Hotel Miramar (2 nights)
DAY 3 | Oct. 19, 2020 | Barcelona (B, D)
A local guide will join the group and lead you on a gourmet adventure through the Boqueria Market, followed by a visit to the renowned Sagrada Familia. Afterwards enjoy a visit to la Pedrera followed by a Vermouth wine tasting in the Santi Antoni neighbourhood. You will have time at leisure to enjoy dinner in this gastronomy filled area.
DAY 4 | Oct. 20, 2020 | Barcelona - San Sebastián (B, D)
You will be picked up at the hotel after breakfast and depart for San Sebastián. On the way you will stop in Zaragoza with time at leisure to visit the town. Your local tour guide will also provide you with local tips about the best spots to enjoy lunch at leisure before moving onto the final destination for the day.
Accommodation at Barcelo Costa Vasca (2 nights)
DAY 5 | Oct. 21, 2020 | San Sebastián (B, L, D)
This morning you will be guided through the historic streets of San Sebastián, considered one of the world’s great dining destinations.
You will be taken on a culinary discovery after visiting the San Telmo Museo that has a thought-provoking collection that explores Basque history and culture in all its complexity. The rest of the day will be at leisure, so there is an opportunity to choose whether to snack on fresh oysters and txakoli (a lightly sparkling white wine) at a seaside cafe or linger in a decadent, multi-course feast in one of the Michelinstarred dining rooms in the city.
DAY 6 | Oct. 22, 2020 | San Sebastián - Bilbao (B, D)
Before leaving San Sebastián for Bilbao, take advantage of the city’s vantage points to gaze over its coastline, including the hilltop heights of Monte Urgull and Monte Igueldo. Stroll along Playa de la Concha, a picturesque sandy beach. After arrival in Bilbao you will go on a short walking tour.
Accommodation at Melia Bilbao Hotel (3 nights)
DAY 7 | Oct. 23, 2020 | Bilbao (B, D)
Together with your local guide, you will explore the hidden gems of this culturally rich city on a city tour followed by time at leisure for lunch.
In the afternoon visit the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao, with its striking architecture and avant-garde art pieces. In the evening get a taste of authentic Basque cuisine by joining a professional chef to learn how to cook an authentic meal that showcases the best of Basque cuisine.
DAY 8 | Oct. 24, 2020 | Bilbao (B, L, D)
Enjoy a full-day excursion to La Rioja. Discover what makes La Rioja, Spain's premier winemaking region. Visit Ysios vineyard, designed by Frank Gehry, and taste the bold red blends that make the region widely renowned. Visit the old town of Logrono and enjoy a degustation lunch followed by a visit to the Rioja Museum before returning to your hotel for the evening.
DAY 9 | Oct. 25, 2020 | Bilbao - Toronto/Vancouver (B)
After breakfast, board your transfer to the airport for your departure flight home.
*CDN$ p.p. dbl. occ. Taxes included. Single supplement: $1,700. Airfare available from most Canadian airports, please enquire. **Minimum 12 passengers required for a Merit Travel tour host.
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